French police appeal for witnesses after man discusses hitting cyclist in Audi and then killing her

Murder mystery as French police investigate woman’s death… despite the fact there is no body and nobody is missing

  • The suspect has been living in France for several years working as a carpenter
  • Police believe he hit a female cyclist in an Audi, finished her off with a spade and buried the body
  • Normandy’s state prosecutor has asked the public to help find out the identity of the alleged victim

French police are appealing for witnesses in a baffling case where they are sure that there has been a murder, but there is no body and as yet no-one has even been reported as missing.

Normandy’s state prosecutor Rémi Coutin has asked the public to help find out the identity of the alleged victim.  

Mr Coutin said: ‘In my 23 years as a magistrate, I have never seen a situation like this.

‘We don’t have a body,’ he added.

‘And we don’t have an identity for the person who we believe to have been killed.’

Police do, however, have a suspect. The Polish man, aged 46, has been living in the country for several years working as a carpenter.   

Police are sure that there has been a murder, but there is no body and as yet no-one has even been reported as missing. Normandy's state prosecutor Rémi Coutin has asked the public to help find out the identity of the alleged victim

Police are sure that there has been a murder, but there is no body and as yet no-one has even been reported as missing. Normandy’s state prosecutor Rémi Coutin has asked the public to help find out the identity of the alleged victim

He is in custody but his identity has yet to be disclosed.

Police believe that on March 9 the suspect ran into the female cyclist in a black Audi, while under the effects of alcohol, on a road close to the town of Grand Bourgtheroulde, north-west of Paris.

They also believe that he returned to his property for a spade, believing that she had died as a result of his actions.   

However, when they arrived at the scene, he found that she was still alive, so he used the spade to kill her and then buried the body, so the story goes. 

Police also believe that he then got rid of the bike at a rubbish dump.

There is scant evidence that any of this occurred, as there is no corpse, bike, or police confession. 

In addition, no-one has reported a missing female cyclist.

However, Mr Coutin noted that ‘plenty of people go missing’ without the police being made aware of it. 

The suspect told people who were close to him that he had been involved in an accident.

On May 14 – after more than two months had passed – the suspect’s ex-girlfriend visited the police station in Dieppe, 90km north of Grand Bourgtheroulde.

She told police that he had spoken to her on the phone while drunk on March 9, revealing that he had killed a woman in an accident.

He called her back and changed his story, saying that the woman was alive and had returned to her home.

The suspect’s ex-girlfriend visited him as she was worried, but he was out. 

She noticed that his car had a damaged windscreen with a large red stain on it.

Police believe that on March 9 the suspect ran into the female cyclist in a black Audi, under the effects of alcohol, on a road close to the town of Grand Bourgtheroulde, north-west of Paris. They believe he used the spade to kill her and then buried the body

Police believe that on March 9 the suspect ran into the female cyclist in a black Audi, under the effects of alcohol, on a road close to the town of Grand Bourgtheroulde, north-west of Paris. They believe he used the spade to kill her and then buried the body

On March 13 she confronted him in person. 

He revealed everything, admitting to finishing the victim off with a spade and burying her. 

He described her as something of a vagrant.

The suspect gave different versions of the accident to three other witnesses. 

One woman friend visited his home later on the same day, where she saw him hurriedly cleaning his damaged car.

He told her that the female cyclist was still alive. 

She took photos of the car, which have become central to the case.

The Audi was found burnt out in mid-April. 

The suspect declared that it has been stolen but later told the police that he had set it alight.

He was arrested in June and told the police that his story of the incident was ‘a bad joke’ that he had fabricated so that his ex-girlfriend would feel sorry for him.

He claimed to have damaged the vehicle himself and stained it with chicken’s blood.

Police say that he then admitted that an accident had occurred, but that the victim was not injured, reiterating his ‘bad joke’ explanation.

The police now need to find out the identity of the alleged victim in order for the case to move forward.

Police in Rouen appealed to witnesses, describing her as aged 40 to 60, sporting a backpack, and riding a bike possibly with saddle-bags. 

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